An excerpt from my next book!

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Firefighters practicing

I’m writing another book, this one dealing with a structured approach to preparedness and personal security. It’s a different approach to the topic, and I think it will be tremendously useful to help you achieve a balanced approach to your safety. It integrates self defense, medical response, and disaster preparedness into a cohesive and manageable whole. If you’ve ever been a little overwhelmed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 26, 2017

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It’s starting to look like spring around here — great articles are popping up! This week: sighting in your defensive handgun; making fitness a priority; some questions about revolvers; defeating a dog attack; some great hotel safety tips; how to use body language to stay safer; and time out doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on your progress.

 

Did you know your pistol needs to be ...

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On Training Talk: How do you protect your family when you’re not there?

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On last night’s episode of Training Talk, my special guest expert Barret Kendrick of Bearco Training gave us some insights on how to make sure our families are protected when we leave the house.

It’s something a lot of people worry about, and if you’re the “designated protector” and you’re not home all the time you should too. Would your spouse or children ...

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Caring for your defensive flashlight

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flashlight maintenance supplies

You do carry a high-intensity flashlight as part of your everyday ready kit, don’t you? If not, you should! I believe the compact high-intensity flashlight is the most useful self defense tool you can carry. It serves as a detection device, allowing you to spot danger before it can reach you; as a deterrent, using the bright beam to distract and disorient; and as ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 12, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

In this week’s List you’ll find: a great review of my Threat Centered Revolver course; a look at the .22WMR revolver as a defensive option; another idiot shoots and kills someone he didn’t need to shoot at in the first place; some instructors don’t teach, they operate a buffet; how not to be seen (and therefore targeted); how to tell when things ...

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Last night on Training Talk: do you have a halo?

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Last night’s episode of Training Talk was perhaps the most important I’ve done yet. We like to think that, if we use our gun in defense of ourselves or others, the cops will see us as heroes and everyone will hoist us on their arms and cheer us in the streets.

As my special guest Aaron Kreag discovered, it doesn’t actually work that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 5, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

It’s a short List for this week, but good things come in small packages! I’ll start off with an important article about securing your online profile; some tips about hotel security;  the courts have not violated the 4th Amendment rights of concealed carriers; how to institute active shooter drills at your company; and what to look for when you buy locksets and ...

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Praise for ‘Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver’!

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Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver

At the risk of sounding immodest, the reviews for my latest book “Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver” are in, and they’re incredibly good — an astounding 84% are 5-star reviews!

What are people saying about it?

“A must have for anyone serious about self defense!” – Gaston

“A classic, and must for the thinking gun-person’s ...

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If you’re anywhere near Phoenix, don’t miss this!

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I know it’s a little unusual to update the blog on a Thursday, but I have a great announcement for everyone in Phoenix and the surrounding areas!

As you may already know, I’ll be teaching my Threat-Centered Revolver course at the Ben Avery Shooting Complex this weekend (April 1 & 2). Saturday evening the class will head out to grab something to eat, relax and ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 29, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

A springtime Hump Day List, featuring: a look at hotel security you may not have considered; making a drill for an active shooter at work; the safe way to deal with a home invader; making self reliance a positive activity; what pepper spray can and can’t to; making your passwords more secure; a different look at open carry; and a sad tale ...

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The Pistol Caliber Carbine: the gun tactical hobbyists love to hate

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For some time I’ve championed the pistol caliber carbine (PCC) as a home and family defense tool. Every time I mention the things, however, I get emails and Facebook messages from the hobbyists who can’t see the forest for the trees.

They’re almost boringly similar: “Why put up with the size and weight of a rifle just to shoot a pistol round?” “If you’re going ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 22, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

In this week’s Reading List: how to deal with stupid people when you know them; the problems with using fingerprints for security; a look at pocket pistols; hacking the 911 system and why it’s dangerous; a flashlight saves the day; how to discuss preparedness with your spouse; what you should do with your kids if you’re attacked; and promising new defensive ammunition for ...

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A gun on your nightstand isn’t the best idea, no matter who says so

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Attacked in the night

One of the things I find myself doing on a regular basis is serving as a counterpoint to the fantasies running rampant in the defensive shooting world. I do this by bringing rational thought to the topic of personal defense, and today I’m doing it again!

A recent article on the Concealed Nation website dealt with what to with your carry ...

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On Last nights Training Talk: injuries, mimes, and more!

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Last night’s episode of Training Talk was one for the history books!

Rob Pincus made a cameo appearance to kick off the 2017 PDN Training Tour, but for some reason his audio wasn’t coming through. Never one to give up the ship, Rob used his mime skills and a Sharpie marker to tell us about what’s coming on this year’s tour!

Apparently Google was ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 15, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

This week, we look at bad choices in defensive firearms; what not to do when carrying concealed; knife training for self defense; how to deal with the fear of carrying a gun in public; what to do if someone is approaching your car when they shouldn’t; and a non-apologetic look at a DA/SA autoloader article. Happy Wednesday!

 

Bad defensive firearms

This is actually a ...

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Time is running out — sign up now for my Threat-Centered Revolver class in Phoenix!

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Threat Centered Revolver Class

If you’ve ever thought about taking one of my famous Threat-Centered Revolver courses, you can still get into the class in Phoenix on April 1 & 2!

This is the class to take if you want to learn — really learn — how to use your revolver to defend yourself and your loved ones. I take my knowledge of defensive shooting and my ...

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Review of PDN’s new online course: Interactions With Law Enforcement While Armed

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Online course review: Interactions With Law Enforcement While Armed from Personal Defense Network Academy

I’ll admit to being a little skeptical about this course when I first heard about it. I’ve sat in on a number of seminars covering this topic over the years, and frankly I didn’t really think it was a suitable subject for a standalone course. I ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 8, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

It’s Wednesday — time to get your personal security in gear! This week: an expert looks at “going to the ground” in a fight, and why you should consider grappling in your training; easy ways to blend in with the locals while traveling; how to decide between a rifle or a shotgun to protect your home; why a bug out trailer beats ...

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Things people say: “If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training!”

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Grant in the rain

I remember my first serious (multi-day) defensive shooting course. It was a spring day in the early 1990s and, as is normal here in the Pacific Northwet (no, that’s not a typo) it was raining like crazy. It was a cold, wet, miserable day.

Being a native Oregonian I was prepared for the conditions, but that didn’t make them any less miserable.

As ...

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The hard truth about knife defense — exclusively on Training Talk!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

Last night’s episode of Training Talk was something of a milestone for me. I’ve always wanted to have a candid talk about knife defense with Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense, and we finally got to do that — in public, no less!

Alessandro is an expert on the knife in self defense, and we talked about ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 1, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

It’s the first of March and the Reading List is coming in like a lion! Today you’ll learn about squib loads and how to identify them; how to deal with the HK VP9 magazine release lever; how to prioritize your skills and preparations; the medical skills you need to know to deal with life-threatening trauma; how to unload a pistol for beginners; ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 22, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

What’s this? A new Hump Day Reading List photo? You bet! I thought the old one was a little drab, so welcome our new more colorful mascots! Along with it I have some shiny new articles for you to peruse: a look at how to deal with terrorists in trucks; one very knowledgable man’s take on appendix carry; a video about why ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 15, 2017

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Another selection of useful self defense and personal security articles this week, including a look at surviving your normal life; the real security risks of connected devices; how to harden your computer against ransomware; how to carry a trauma response kit; the tactical pen is dead, long live the tactical pencil; a simple security precaution almost no one takes; and finally a level-headed look at travel and terrorism.

 

Can you survive your everyday life?

I know lots of folks who carry all ...

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Do gun designers have your best interest in mind?

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How are self defense guns designed?

You might have a romantic notion about engineers meeting with experts in the field, intently listening to their sage advice whilst drawing on graph paper, going back to their labs and making several prototypes to ensure they’ve understood the concepts, and only when the expert(s) approve of the product does it get produced.

In reality, it ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 8, 2017

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Welcome to another Hump Day Reading List! This week: kydex vs leather holsters; saying NO!; an “everyday grab-and-go” bag; some historical perspective on readiness; kids can be criminals too; carrying in a purse; and a review of youth model rifles and shotguns.

 

Do you care what your holster is made of?

You should. I used to be a die-hard believer in the leather holster: they look good, form nicely to the body for maximum comfort, and have that comforting smell. At the ...

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“What is mindset?” — an excerpt from my new book!

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Parents protecting their children have the proper mindset

Have you ever thought about what it takes to make the decision to protect yourself? Maybe it’s a matter of simply reframing your viewpoint.

Here’s an excerpt on mindset from my new book, Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver:

 

Mindset

First, you need to make a decision: that your own life and the lives of your loved ones ...

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How do you deal with an active shooter? Find out on Training Talk!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

This week’s episode of Training Talk was all about the threat posed by the active shooter.

My special Guest Expert was Aaron Jannetti of Endeavor Defense, and we had an in-depth discussion about how you can respond to an active shooter incident. Aaron presented some great information and dispelled a lot of myths and bad ideas.

This is one of ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 1, 2017

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I’ll start this week’s reading list with some shameless self-promotion: I’ve appeared on two different shows this week! Also: some considerations before you jump into someone else’s problem; your gun isn’t magic; don’t worry about what should be, focus on what is; how to handle “that guy” at the range; and how to avoid getting fleeced on your vacation.

 

I’m Famous, Part 1

Last weekend I appeared on Gun Freedom Radio with Dan & Cheryl Todd. We had a great conversation ...

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Think before you shoot. A long time before.

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Staged photo of crime scene

A sad tale crossed my desk earlier this week. It seems one Billy Williams was awakened in the night by one of his children, who reportedly told him that someone was trying to break into their house via the front door.

Mr. Williams retrieved a handgun from a safe in his bedroom and walked to the door. There were no ...

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